Top hens' party ideas in Melbourne
Grab your girls (or guys, let’s not be too traditional) and saddle up for a two-hour horse ride along the stunning Mornington Peninsula. This company also offer packages for groups, so you can soak into the Peninsula Hot Springs after your ride or sit down to a tapas lunch at the serene Cups Estate.
Cost: Tours start from $140 per person.
The rolling green hills of the Yarra Valley produce top-quality wine – but did you know that the region is a hub for beer- and cider-makers? Aussie Brewery Tours are the perfect way to sip your way from brewery to cider house and get a tasty gourmet lunch along the way.
Cost: From $160 per person.
Hit the road towards Cape Otway until you reach Brae, chef Dan Hunter’s award-winning restaurant. Impossibly creative dishes featuring ingredients selected from Hunter’s on-site veggie garden make this is the sort of fine dining experience that stays with you long after your friend’s wedding. To complete the experience, opt to stay in the on-site guest suite.
Cost: Menu from $220 per person; rooms from $715 (including dining).
The folks at Fitzroy’s Work-Shop know how to throw a wild(ish) crafternoon. Mix it up with a cocktail class, brighten up your look with a nail art or flower-crown tutorial or surprise your soon-to-be-married mate with a life drawing class with a nude model (ooh!). Work-Shop is flexible with class numbers, and the studio is conveniently located near all the clubs and bars of Fitzroy (just saying).
Cost: Classes start from $20 per person
Adventurous brides-to-be will jump at the chance to fly on the trapeze with her best mates. Circus Oz runs two-hour classes for ‘vixens’ in their Collingwood headquarters and can tailor the experience to whatever takes your fancy: trapeze, floor-based skills or a combination of both.
Cost: Classes start from $370 for up to eight people
Want to kick on afterwards?
Time Out's editors tortured their brains (and destroyed their livers) to bring you this: the definitive guide to drinking in Melbourne.
Hit the dancefloor
"Where can we go to have after work drinks where we can also dance?" It's the cry that echoes around most of Melbourne every Friday afternoon, but the response is often a stony silence. Melbourne isn't shy of excellent bars. This we know. There are solid clubs too. We've rounded up places where you can sit back, chat and relax in the afternoon and get a little jiggy later on.